Sickle cell trait (SCT) is not a mild form of sickle cell disease. Having SCT simply means that a person carries a single gene for sickle cell disease (SCD) and can pass this gene along to their children. People with SCT usually do not have any of the symptoms of SCD and live a normal life. Share the following Patient Education tear sheet with your patients who are seeking more information about sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease.
This “Patient Education” tear sheet was produced through a collaboration among ASH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.